Phnom Penh focus: Down beside the river

Phnom Penh focus: Down beside the river

THE riverside is a bustling, cosmopolitan area where locals, expats and tourists come to wine and dine while they take in the river views, or simply people-watch as the myriad faces go by. Properties on the riverside generally consist of older style apartments above shopfronts, and as such are generally long and narrow.

Sisowath Quay

THE owner has just completed a tasteful renovation of this two-bedroom apartment. Located directly on the riverside, this first-floor apartment is designed with the expatriate client in mind. The property has two bedrooms, one at the rear of the property and the second on the mezzanine level, which is accessed from the main living area. The epitome of open-plan living, the Western-style kitchen with breakfast bar leads to the lounge area, which in turn leads to a private balcony area. It can be opened up to the external balcony, which looks directly over the Tonle Sap river. The property is marketed at US$1,200 a month, with additional charges for electricity, water and cable TV.

Sisowath Quay

LOCATED in a boutique apartment complex, this one-bedroom, mezzanine-style apartment combines classic colonial finishes with stylish Western appliances. The apartment, on the third floor, boasts uninterrupted views of the riverside. The property is all open-plan, with the kitchen, dining and lounge leading to an expansive balcony ideal for entertaining or relaxing. The bedroom, on the mezzanine level, has built-in wardrobes. To the left of the floor entrance are a study nook/ guest bedroom and bathroom. The property is fully furnished. The monthly rent is US$1,080 plus an $80 management fee. In addition, there are charges for electricity, water and internet.

National Museum

THIS budget option is a typical Cambodian middle-level shophouse apartment. The property has a kitchen at the rear, a bedroom in the centre and a comfortable lounge leading to a balcony with fantastic views of the Mus-eum Gardens. The property is fully furnished, and the rental is $320 a month, with additional monthly charges of $10 for cable TV, $5 for water and electricity charged at 25 cents a kilowatt.


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